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ISSUE 39

MAY 2016

From the CEO

Karen Martin - CEO

The weather is heating up just in time for the return of The ARB Show at Westonbirt Arboretum, we’re now less than 2 weeks away – how time flies! I was on site attending the unveiling of the new STIHL Treetop walkway last month and was blown away both by the structure and the incredible new perspective that it brings, and the weather! Yet another reason to visit this famed collection of trees and great news, especially since ARB Show visitors have free entry to Westonbirt, what’s more it’s fully accessible to all. The Show site itself has been tweaked and improved following your feedback in 2015, and I hope you’ll be able to find time amongst all the attractions to drop in for a coffee and say hello to the team here at the Arboricultural Association HQ.

Elsewhere we have some good news about the proposed partnership between the AA and ISA which you can read about in the news section below.

And finally on a sad note for me it’s a farewell as CEO but the start of a long relationship as a member. See you at the Show!

Karen Martin

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The ARB Show, Westonbirt, 3–4 June 2016

LESS THAN 2 WEEKS TO GO UNTIL ARB SHOW 2016

The ARB Show will be returning to its stunning new surroundings at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum in less than 2 weeks’ time.

Exhibitors will soon arrive to set up their stands and arena, ARB Show 2016 looks well placed to build on the success of its debut year at Westonbirt with only 2 plots remaining. There promises to plenty to keep members occupied, with a broader range of products and services than ever before, and many exhibitors taking part in the show for the first time. Many improvements and extra attractions have been added to keep arborists and families alike occupied, including the Inch Perfect Trials bike display team and the Climbing wall for kids and adults. Let’s not forget the new addition of the Treetop walkway inside the Arboretum giving a spectacular new vantage point – and this year entry to the Arboretum is FREE for ARB Show visitors.

Increased Demo areas, competitions, real ale bar and food stalls open all day, and the opportunity to make a weekend of it with tickets to camp at the Holford Arms pub (including a live band and hog roast! – tickets available at www.trees.org.uk/Book-Camping), all make it a great 2 days. You can even get a 2 day ticket if you want to make sure of seeing the most of the famed arboretum.

STIHL – 12th year as principal sponsor of The ARB Show
Register at the Show to be in with a chance of winning a STIHL 201 TC-M 14-inch top-handled chainsaw

Find out more information and view the list of exhibitors at trees.org.uk/The-ARB-Show

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3ATC get your entries in now

BOOK YOUR PLACE ON THE 3ATC UK OPEN NOW

After drawing in the crowd’s last year, the 3ATC Climbing Competitions return to the show. Once you’ve visited all the exhibitors why not see if you can become a champion climber at the show too!

Following the Northern and Southern events over the past 2 months, the ‘UK College Climbing Competition Final’ will be held during the 2016 Arb Show, pitting the winning College teams from both the Southern and Northern College Climbing Competitions against each other.

Alongside the team final at Westonbirt we will also be running the UK Open 3ATC competition for individuals at the ARB Show at Westonbirt on June 3 and 4.

To book your UK Open place as a Novice, Expert or Premier climber go to www.trees.org.uk/Training-And-Events and select the relevant option.

Go to www.3atc.com for more information and online booking for the regional events.

Related in the news, see some fantastic images of the spectacular new STIHL Treetop Walkway:
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Membership Survey 2016

MEMBERSHIP SURVEY 2016 LAUNCHED
GIVE US YOUR THOUGHTS

The ARB Show is something we look forward to every year as a great chance to interact with our members and put on an event which encompasses their varied interests. Equally important though are your thoughts to be gathered from our 2016 membership survey. We have amended our survey this year to enable us to find out in more detail what you think, what you want and who you are.

The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete and, once analysed, will be essential in shaping our services and giving us a greater understanding of our membership and of what they want.

Once you’ve taken the survey you can enter the PRIZE DRAW to be in with a chance of winning a free place at the 50th Annual Conference.

Results from the survey will be shared with you in a later edition of e-News.
TAKE THE SURVEY >>

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AA and ISA joining forces

AA JOINING FORCES WITH THE ISA AS AN ASSOCIATE ORGANISATION

Following our previous updates on the discussions between the AA and ISA about closer links between the two organisations, we are pleased to announce that the discussions are now nearing a conclusion and the respective Boards will soon sign an agreed Memorandum of Association and Operating Agreement. The partnership will benefit our members in many ways and the Board have assessed with great consideration and pragmatism the benefits of joining forces as an Associate Organisation, NOT a Chapter.

The benefits to AA members will include Access to global research and expertise, access to a global Arboriculture network, the opportunity to participate in and manage the Certified Arborist and associated schemes, participating in the World Tree Climbing Competition, ISA publications to be sold at trees.org.uk, additional training opportunities including e-learning programmes, easy access to ISA Chapters and Associate Organisations in Europe to share information and practices.

It’s important to note that this arrangement would not see the AA relinquishing any aspect of our independence or status, but remain as it is but with a stronger global affiliation.

We’re excited about the opportunities brought by this new synergy between our Association and the ISA, and anticipate the relationship to be formalised with a final agreement between our organisations to be signed in the next 3 months.

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50th Amenity Conference 2016

50TH ANNUAL ARBORICULTURAL ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE LOOKS AHEAD WITH ‘PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE’ THEME

In celebration of its 50th year, the Conference will feature a unique and stimulating range of subjects, delivered by a range of international and UK speakers many of who have not previously presented on the AA or UK’s conference stage.

In line with our mission of collaboration we are presenting the middle conference day in conjunction with one of our key partnership organisations The Landscape Institute. This is the first time we have collaborated on Conference and the day aims to introduce a new approach and recognise the benefits of sharing information, protocols and procedures.

The key themes of the special anniversary conference follow Urban Tree Management, Tree Health, Planning and Development, Natural Capital and Infrastructure.

This year sees booking for the conference going online for the first time, which is available right now. Get in early to get your 'Early Bird' discount.
BOOK NOW >>

Get a taste of the venue and more information
FIND OUT MORE >>

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John Harraway, last year‘s recipient of the Arboricultural Association Award

NOMINATIONS FOR AA AWARD NOW OPEN

Last year the Arboricultural Association recognised John Harraway for his contribution to the profession, this year the Arboricultural Association Award seeks deserving nominees for the 2016 Award to be presented at the 50th Annual Arboricultural Association Conference at Keele University in September.

The award panel will consider nominees’ excellence or their advancement of practice, research, writing, teaching or other relevant service to Arboriculture. Nominations are to be submitted to the head office of the Association, marked ‘Association Award Nomination – private and confidential’, for the attention of the CEO, by 30 June.

Rules

- Nominees do not have to be Arboricultural Association members.

- Nominations must be made by 3rd parties, self-nomination will not be permitted.

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TREE ADVICE TRUST RESOURCES TO BE MADE AVAILABLE ON AA WEBSITE

The Arboricultural Association is pleased to announce that, following discussions with the trustees of the former Tree Advice Trust, the intellectual property relating to the Arboriculture Research Notes, Information Notes, and Practice Advice Notes will be made freely available on the Association’s website. The Board of the Association wishes to thank the Trust (and in particular Derek Patch) for the opportunity to share this material, which ensures the ongoing provision of impartial and authoritative information on tree matters.

The information thus made available was believed to be accurate at the time it was produced by the Trust, but neither the Association nor the Trust nor any existing or former board member or officer of either organisation takes any responsibility for its continuing accuracy or for its applicability in any particular situation. The Association will from time to time be reviewing how the material can most appropriately be updated and further disseminated.

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The Tree Science Day 21 June 2016

TREE SCIENCE DAY 2016

21 June 2016
Sir Martin Evans Building, Cardiff University

Following on from the hugely successful event in Bristol last year, Tree Science Day event returns on 21st June at Cardiff University. The day will consist of talks about the organisms associated with decaying trees and fallen wood, plus a visit to the lab to see how we isolate fungi from wood, grow them, and study them fighting each other. Presenting the course will be Professor Lynne Boddy, Dr Jen Evans, Sarah Johnston, Emma Gilmartin and Jordan Cuff.

Click below to book your place
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Introduction to soils

INTRODUCTION TO SOILS

Presented by Andy Moffat

Cost: Member: £150 | Non-member: £180

Don’t take our word for it, Tree Officer Ian Lorman recently attended the new course and said ‘If you want to get your head around soils but shudder at the memory of those interminably dull lectures, don’t worry: book yourself on this course. You will be pleased you did… Andy Moffat brought life to the subject matter with a relaxed demeanour, humour and a great depth of knowledge and passion.

Urban tree maintenance is increasingly challenging in times of financial constraint. It’s now all the more important that tree establishment is correctly managed and planted in adequate amounts of suitable soil! Add issues such as climate change, and diseases such as Phytophthora and it’s evident that we must take the soil seriously if we are to continue to benefit from our urban trees.

Bristol
7 July 2016
Info & Booking

Wokingham, Berkshire
29 September 2016
Info & Booking

Preston, Lancashire
15 November 2016
Info & Booking

For the latest list of courses for 2016 click here.

Or check your latest ARB Magazine pages 20-21 for more detailed information.

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OTHER UPCOMING COURSES:

ARBORICULTURAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Two day non-residential course
21 June 2016
Stonehouse, Gloucestershire
Members: £450 – Non-members: £560

A comprehensive examination and discussion of realistic scenarios leaving delegates well placed to reflect upon the position and performance of their own business in today’s competitive market place.

Instructors: Paul Elcoat & Simon Cox.

Visit our website to book: BOOK NOW >>

     

NEW ARBORICULTURAL CONSULTANCY

Two day non-residential course
29–30 June 2016 – Stonehouse Court, Gloucestershire
Member: £535 – Non-member: £588
Presented by: Jeremy Barrell, Paul Elcoat, Justin Munford, Peter Wharton, Justin Gould and Jim Quaife
BOOK NOW >>

     

BS 5837 – ADVANCED: TREE ASSESSMENT FOR PLANNING

10 October 2016 – Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire
Member: £140 – Non-member: £180
Presented by: Jeremy Barrell
BOOK NOW >>

BS 5837 – ADVANCED: MANAGING TREES ON CONSTRUCTION SITES

11 October 2016 – Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire
Member: £140 – Non-member: £180
Presented by: Jeremy Barrell
BOOK NOW >>

Sponsored byBarrell Tree Consultancy

     

BRANCH NEWS

SOUTH EAST BRANCH

Tree Pests - Learning to live with visitors to the urban forest

SATURDAY 11 JUNE
CAPRON HOUSE, COWDRAY ESTATE - NORTH STREET MIDHURST

Presented by Dr. Michael Raupp and Dr. Paula Shrewsbury

BOOK YOUR PLACE >>
FIND OUT MORE >>

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WESTERN BRANCH

TREE PROTECTION AND PLANNING: THE ROLE OF THE TREE OFFICER

TUESDAY 2ND AUGUST
BRISTOL

COST: FREE to anyone working with trees in the planning system of local government

A one day course reflecting on the issues and challenges faced by the local authority arboriculturalist, main topics will include administering and enforcing tree protection legislation, including case law; the development control role and the planning policy role.

Richard Nicholson has been involved in local authority arboriculture training for over 20 years and will present and discuss the relevant up to date planning guidance with practical examples from current situations to illustrate key points.

BOOK NOW >>

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MIDLAND BRANCH

COMING SOON:
TDAG MIDLANDS – TREES IN THE TOWNSCAPE; BEST PRACTICE IN THE MIDLANDS

Look out for it on our Training page of the website:

TRAINING PAGE >>

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NORTHERN BRANCH

VISUAL TREE ASSESSMENT FOR ARBORISTS

FRIDAY 12 AUGUST 2016
NORFOLK HERITAGE PARK

COST: £50

This popular workshop provides an excellent introduction to the art of visual tree assessment (VTA) and is a great opportunity to improve existing VTA skills, learning from legendary arboriculturist Jack Kenyon, within one of the finest woodland gardens in the country. This event is suitable for any interested person that undertakes tree surveying or would like to learn more about trees.

BOOK NOW >>

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If you would like to be involved with your local branch do check out the relevant section of the new website for branch contact details

FIND A BRANCH NEAR YOU >>

CROSS-INDUSTRY NEWS

George Eustice, Minister for Farming, Food and Marine Environment at the National Land Based College launch, House of Lords


George Eustice, Minister for Farming, Food and Marine Environment at the National Land Based College launch, House of Lords

UK’S FIRST NATIONAL COLLEGE FOR LAND BASED SECTOR LAUNCHED

A new national college for those pursuing land based careers has been launched to meet the needs of a swiftly changing and increasingly demanding sector. The National Land Based College [NLBC] will create a hub for leading colleges, universities and industry experts to collaborate on dynamic new courses tailored for, and responsive to, this vital part of the UK economy.

Read more about the NLBC Launch
READ MORE >>

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Ash Dieback ©Sarang

WONDERING WHAT TO DO ABOUT ASH DIEBACK?
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP

A unique project is hoping to stem the tide of the ash dieback disease by encouraging people to help in finding the solution. Although millions of trees are at risk from the disease, the Living Ash Project, one of several research projects into ash’s resilience to dieback, is aiming to find tolerant native ash trees from which to breed the next generation of healthy trees.

READ MORE >>

Find out more at the project website:
PROJECT WEBSITE >>

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NEW FORESTRY COMMISSION RESEARCH NOTE EXPLORES FUTURE TRENDS IN PESTS’ EFFECTS ON BRITAIN’S FORESTS

Research outlines the main changes projected for the British climate over the coming decades and how forest insects, grouped according to similarities in their ecology and life history, are likely to be affected by climate change.

More information and pdf download available here
READ MORE >>

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THE TREES AND DESIGN ACTION GROUP PROVIDES A USEFUL ROUND UP OF URBAN TREE RELATED ACTIVITIES

DOWNLOAD PDF >>

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UNSUSTAINABLE ARBORICULTURE – PETITION

Ancient woodland and ancient trees have inadequate protection in the legal system. The above link to petition the government hopes to change that, by gaining sufficient signatures to qualify for discussion in parliament.

READ MORE >>
GO TO PETITION >>

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Green Surge Logo

GREEN SURGE PROJECT

Find out full information and updates on the project which aims to meet the demand by green space practitioners for knowledge and practical tools to improve the planning and governance of urban green spaces.

READ MORE >>

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KEEP IT CLEAN – Don’t give pests and diseases an easy ride

KEEP IT CLEAN – DON’T GIVE PESTS AND DISEASES AN EASY RIDE

The Forestry Commission has launched the ‘Keep It Clean’ campaign to raise awareness of the human factors in the spread of tree pests and diseases. People working in arboriculture are a high risk group for the spread of pests and diseases. However, we can also spot outbreaks early.

Here’s their handy guide to some of the basic day to day biosecurity measures we can all take:

KEEP IT CLEAN – Don’t give pests and diseases an easy ride

Find more resources and information on the Keep it Clean campaign here:
KEEP IT CLEAN >>

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Fund4Trees

FUND4TREES – RIDE FOR RESEARCH

FRIDAY 3 JUNE 2016

Around the Cotswold AONB: in conjunction with the ARB Show

Route: Approx. 25 miles from Westonbirt (AA ARB Show), to Tetbury and Malmesbury with return to Westonbirt (AA ARB Show). Three schools will be visited en route to plant a tree in each with a children’s interactive tree & benefits workshop.

Provisional start & finish time: 8.00am for the Ride Briefing and finish at 1.30pm

Lunch: Will be provided: please advise if you are a vegetarian.

For more details contact Russell Ball on russell@fund4trees.org.uk or ring on 078844 26671

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TREE SPECIES SURVEY FOR RESEARCH PROJECT AND TDAG GUIDANCE

As part of a knowledge exchange project funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Trees & Design Action Group (TDAG), Myerscough College and Lancaster University are collaborating to develop robust guidance on species selection for urban environments.
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